As we ease into warmer weather, we approach the terrible discomfort of allergy season. Every Spring, millions of Americans suffer through the sneezing, itching, wheezing and coughing cause by allergies to pollen, mold and dust-mites, among other things. They turn to their doctors and pharmacists for help dealing with the symptoms. But what can you do to make your home allergen free? As it turns out, plenty!
- Keep the windows closed.
- Vacuum carpets twice a week with HEPA-Filter vacuum.
- Wash bed linens once a week in hot water, and blankets and mattress pads twice a month.
- Wash curtains and blinds once a a month, or replace them with shades.
- Cover beds and pillows with dust-mite and allergen-impermeable covers.
- Dust with a damp rag – You want to capture dust particles, not stir them up into the air!
- Change your air filters every month to six weeks.
- Keep pets out. Pets are magnets for dust and they’ll undermine all your other efforts if you let them in the bedroom.
- Make sure you run the fan when you shower.
- No wallpaper. It’s a perfect place for mold to hide behind.
- No wall-to-wall carpet. Bath mats washed once a week
- Wash bath towels once a week in hot water.
- Wash shower curtains once a month.
- Clean your toothbrush holder!
- Don’t leave food or dirty dishes out.
- Clean refrigerator spills right away to avoid mold.
- Run the exhaust fan when cooking to reduce moisture.
- Replace carpet in the kitchen with tile or hardwood floors.
- Scrub the garbage can and deodorize your garbage disposal.